Marjorie Hershey


Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning (2010)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science


Marjorie Hershey is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1972).

Professor Hershey's research and teaching interests focus on political parties, campaigns, and elections. One of her current research projects explores the degree to which explanations of the 1994 Republican victories in congressional elections persisted in media coverage of the 1998, 2002, and 2006 campaigns. She has published two books of research and a number of articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Polity, Political Communication, The Annals, Social Science Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly. Her research has also appeared in the form of chapters in edited volumes.

She is the editor of PARTY POLITICS IN AMERICA, the major political parties text begun by Frank Sorauf and then written by Paul Allen Beck. She has received several teaching awards from the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Political Science, the IU Student Alumni Council, Golden Key, Mortar Board, Blue Key, the IU Student Association, IU Continuing Studies, and the AMOCO Foundation.

Her professional service has included the presidency of the Midwest Political Science Association, a variety of program committees for national political science conventions and APSA and MWPSA committees (for instance, the APSA's Epstein Book Award committee for the best book on political parties published in 2004 or 2005, which she chaired in 2006 and served on again in 2008), and programs to improve the teaching of government and politics at the high school and college levels. She also volunteers with a number of local Bloomington groups.